Editor’s Blog

Serge With Confidence: Part 4

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Now that our decorative work is done on all our organza pieces, it’s time to construct our little jacket. For the most part, I followed the construction process given in the pattern, with these exceptions:First, place each organza piece to each batiste...

Sew a Swirl-of-Ruffles Hem Treatment!

Swirl-of-Ruffles Hem Treatment Several years ago, designer and Sew Beautiful contributor Khristal Joett showed us a crumpled instruction sheet for a vintage pattern that she purchased at an estate sale. What interested Khristal the most about the garment was its unique swirl-of-ruffles hem treatment, which was ironically similar to the hem...

Serge With Confidence: Part 3

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Before dashing off to Quilt Market this week I was able to take a stab at cover stitching our project. First, however, I have to give a shout out to Cathy Krejci at the wonderful new Pins & Needles location in Middleburg...

Tips for Preserving Your Precious Heirlooms

One question we are asked frequently at Sew Beautiful is “How do I preserve my family heirlooms?” Properly cared for, precious clothing can survive many generations of storage, and your children’s children will don a history of love when the garments are worn for the special occasions that mark their lives....

Serge With Confidence: Part 2

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman I asked you last week to gather your materials, but two things I failed to mention were KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive and Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It. Since we’re working with two fabrics, the spray is handy for adhering the layers together, particularly since...

Sew a Vintage Button Monogram Pillow

Button Monogram Pillow Vintage buttons are wonderful little works of art that come in all sizes, shapes and colors. So often, however, these pretty little trinkets wind up sitting in jars in our sewing rooms and never reaching their full design potential. Incorporate vintage buttons into your home décor with this...

May book blog: Serge along with us!

Hello again, Amelia here, back to blog about a book for May. This month I’ve picked something to challenge myself, Serge with Confidence by Nancy Zieman. This isn’t a new title. In fact many of you may have it, but it’s the perfect book, if, like I am, you’re a bit...

Our May/June Issue is Now Available! Plus, Read About Liberty Of London:

Our new May/June issue! Our May/June issue just hit newsstands, and we are so excited to share this new edition with you. The cover features an adorable floral romper, which you can make for your little girl using our “Box Pleated Romper” centerfold pattern (sizes 12M to 4T). Designed by Janet...

Repurpose Challenge: Petticoat Lace Blouse

This asymmetrical blouson top was made using a commercial pattern and a deep, tiered-lace hem from an antique petticoat. In last week’s newsletter, we shared with you a lovely triple ruffle bonnet from Martha Pullen’s antique clothing collection. Martha has accumulated piles of vintage white garments over the years, and many – such...

Green Sewing Room Storage Ideas

The very essence of sewing is green. Even if fabric manufacturers cease production tomorrow, sewers would walk into their closets, pull open their drawers or head to the nearest second-hand shop to find the necessary items to remake, restructure or repurpose. It’s what we do; it’s in our makeup. But there...